Watch First Kiss HERE. A FunnyOrDie exclusive clip from your favorite roller-disco-Canadian movie now available on VOD in the US and in Canadian theaters on September 21st, 2012!
New York, August 9, 2012 – Duopoly announced today the sale of Canadian comedy feature Roller Town to leading digital distributor Gravitas Ventures for the film’s US premiere. Gravitas Ventures specializes in the aggregation of entertainment content for worldwide distribution via established and evolving platforms in cable Video on Demand (VOD), broadband, mobile and the airline/hospitality industries. Roller Town, a first feature for Andrew Bush and comedy troupe ‘Picnicface’, is a roller romp which lovingly skewers every dance film you never saw of the 70s and 80s. Gravitas is launching the film in over 100 million homes On Demand & on iTunes in the US on August 14th.
“VOD has become an indispensable release strategy for hysterical indies like Roller Town. We loved it at the Slamdance Film Festival, and are thrilled to collaborate with Andrew Bush, PICNICFACE and Duopoly on its release” commented Gravitas Ventures CEO, Nolan Gallagher.
True to the comic tradition unique to Canada, Roller Town, directed by Andrew Bush (The Button, a Funny or Die hit) and written by Bush, Mark Little and Scott Vrooman is the brain child of one of the freshest sketch comedy troupes on the comedy scene – PICNICFACE. Rude, irreverent, hilarious – Roller Town stars standup comic Mark Little (part of the 2011 Just for Laughs ‘Nerds Show’), newcomer Kayla Lorrette and the 8-member Picnicface group. Roller Town follows the story of Leo (Mark Little), a small-town roller-skating disco king (who happens to be an orphan with a back story) as he attempts to win the heart of the out-of-reach rich girl while staving off the hapless bad guys who are determined to kill the town roller rink. Once again, Canada scores with the funniest, weirdest take on a cultural phenomenon still dear to many: disco!
”The Roller Town creators are not strangers to digital platforms in the US and we intend to activate their huge online fan base for this premiere,” said Duopoly President, Catherine Tait.
About Picnicface: Picnicface combines fast-paced, mash-up comedy with contemporary Pythonesque animation and absurd sketch comedy. After posting Powerthirst and The Button—their short-videos-turned-phenomena on YouTube—Picnicface became an online sensation. Their 30-plus shorts have been watched over 50-million times on various video Internet sites and their brand of humor has been lauded by comedy industry heavy-weights like Will Ferrell. Their new television series (13 x 30’ episodes) debuted this year on CTV’s Comedy Network in Canada to rave reviews. Other members of the troupe include Evany Rosen, Cheryl Hann, Bill Wood, Brian MacQuarrie, and Kyle Dooley.
About Duopoly: Independent film, television and multi-platform content company founded in 2002. Recent Duopoly productions include the Gemini Award-winning comedy series Pure Pwnage for Showcase, original web series Papillon, starring Kevin McDonald (Kids in the Hall), and interactive thriller Guidestones, recently awarded Best Web Fiction Series at the Banff Rockie Awards. Duopoly is a content partner for Hulu and has launched over 150 episodes of award-winning animation and comedy with the series Odd Job Jack, Chilly Beach, Yam Roll, Pure Pwnage, and Papillon on the platform.
About Northeast Films: Created by producers Bill Niven and Jay Dahl to develop commercially-driven film and television programming for Canadian and international markets. Their company is based in Halifax, Canada but looks to collaborate with strategic partners across Canada and internationally. Its current slate includes the television series Picnicface (airing on CTV’s Comedy Network) and the soon-to-be released horror film There are Monsters.
About Gravitas Ventures:
Gravitas Ventures connects independent filmmakers, producers and distribution companies to leading cable, satellite, telco and online distribution partners. Working with more than 500 content partners, Gravitas Ventures aggregates and distributes thousands of hours of feature films, documentaries, horror films, animation, alternative sports, comedy, and music concert programming. As of December 2011, Gravitas has expanded its operation to include Gravitas International, a new division that will focus on a worldwide audience. For more information, go to www.gravitasventures.com
To view a clip of Roller Town: Official Trailer
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SIFF is screening Roller Town late May and early June! Screening dates include: Sunday May 20th, Friday May 25th, and Friday June 1st. Thanks Seattle!
Roller Town is playing CIMMfest April 14th! A fun exciting festival of movies and music.
“CIMMfest reminds me of what South by Southwest was when we were starting it. It has the same intensity and intention and it cares about music and movies.”
– Louis Black, co-founder, South by Southwest
Roller Town was officially selected to screen at Slamdance this January and played to a packed house!
And this March it will screen in New York at The Museum of Modern Art!! What!?! It’s true, March 18th and 19th (Screening details here).
There will be three simultaneous screenings on that night (further details here). Tickets are $20 and you can purchase them at the festival box office at the Park Lane Mall.
The opening night gala party will be held at The Olympic at Cunard and Robie, where we shot all of the roller rink scenes in Roller Town, and it will be re-transformed into disco goodness. We’re extremely excited to get such huge support from our hometown and can’t wait to reunite with the cast, crew and fans for some roller skating!
Hey all, after 10 months of nothing to report but “It’s on the way” we finally have some exciting news to share. Roller Town will be featured at the opening gala of the Atlantic Film Festival in Halifax on September 15th! We’ll have some more details about screening times and locations soon so check back here or follow us on Facebook/Twitter to get the latest details. Disco forever!
Over a very hectic and fun 20-day shoot, we managed to film the entire script for Roller Town! Thanks for all your support and donations. We could not have done it without you. The film is currently being edited, and we are hoping for a release some time in 2011. Keep checking back here for updates, or join Roller Town on Facebook and Twitter!